Last month, my husband and I planted our very first garden. Since we had absolutely no idea what we were doing, we started with the things we enjoy the most: tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, banana peppers, strawberries, and even rhubarb. I also have a tiny herb garden where there is lavender, rosemary, thyme, and basil. Gosh, it smells heavenly. Just this past week, my basil had doubled!
I began searching online to find ways to use it up as quickly as I can. I came across many recipes with basil being paired with strawberries … and now I know why. I love infusing my water with this dynamic duo. But what’s even better? Having it for breakfast.
I just want to say that this isn’t your average morning toast. It isn’t even your average ricotta toast. I’ve had many versions, but this one has to be hands-down my favorite. Why? The addition of lemon zest. It’s responsible for bringing this to a whole other level …like, cloud 9 level. Ahh, so good.
It’s finally March and that means spring is right around the corner! Spring reminds me of warmer weather, flowers … and bee pollen. Yes, bee pollen. Oh, where to begin with all the benefits of this “life-giving dust”?
After moving to one of the top 3 worst cities for allergy sufferers almost 6 years ago (yay, Louisville!), I was immediately searching for those non-medicinal home remedies. One thing that kept showing up in every article was honey. LOCAL, raw honey. I use it daily; whether drizzled on toast, in oatmeal, smoothies, or taken with a spoon.
Lately, another version of this superfood has caught my attention. Bee pollen. Just read about it here! Amazing stuff. I came across some local pollen at a health food store; about $9 for the size shown below. I’m still finding different ways to use it, and so far, I’ve mixed it in smoothies, sprinkled it on oatmeal or toast, and made these. The idea came from Instagram where I follow @secretsquirrelfood (& you should too!). I knew I had to make them asap! And I’m so glad I did.
They’re a perfect, clean eating, sweet treat to cure even my biggest sweet tooth. Plus, it’s something I feel good about eating, hence, guilt-free! Did I just use the word “hence”? Continue reading “superfood banana pops”
It’s apparent to me that I’m not a star baker. I’d love to blame it on my genes, but my mom is a great baker. My oven? Nope, don’t think so. I’m pretty sure it just me. So to solve all those problems, I’ve been venturing into the “raw” desserts. I made these around Christmas. Now, to cure that chocolate craving I have way to often, I whipped up a batch of these raw brownie balls. They can be balls, bars, or even cookies! (and an awesome “icecream” sandwich) … all variations pictured below 🙂 In this recipe, I added some protein powder, but it’s totally optional 🙂 Continue reading “raw brownie balls”
I recently found these gems at Trader Joes. Now, I’m not always a fan of gingerbread but when the holidays roll around, I can’t get enough. Gosh, what’s wrong with me? 😉 …
Anyway, those cookies are so delicious and before I knew it, I had ate Mr. Gingerbread and his entire extended family … and their cousins. Whoops. They’re small and very, very addictive. It’s not until half the box is gone when I realized they are a whopping 2pp each. EACH! Insanity!
From that moment on, those were only for my husband and I placed them out of my sight. So now what am I going to do about my gingerbread craving during the holidays? I’ll tell you what I’m going to do … I’m going to eat gingerbread. Yep, gingerbread … in a raw, clean eating, no bake form. Finally, something I can feel good about eating. (I’ve been on a raw/clean eating kick lately … remember these?)
Oh! And after one bar, I’m completely satisfied. One is all I needed. There’s no going back and forth into the box, pulling out innocent gingerbread babies. See, we’re saving lives! 🙂 Continue reading “raw gingerbread bars”